Classic Rock News

THE WHO FINAL U.S. GIG TO BENEFIT TEEN CANCER AMERICA

Legendary rock act The Who, currently on their Quadrophenia and More North American tour, will perform their final U.S. gig on February 28 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show, billed as Who Cares, will be a fundraising event for Teen Cancer America Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be joined that night by Elvis Costello & the Imposters. Meanwhile, the Quadrophenia and More tour stops tonight in Oakland, CA and tomorrow night in Reno, NV.

 

CLAPTON CLAIMS HE HELD HIS OWN IN CREAM

In what arguably could be the biggest understatement in the history of rock, Eric Clapton says he held his own while a member of Cream. In a scene from the Ginger Baker documentary Beware of Mr. Baker, Clapton says, “I could hold my own in terms of musical taste and knowledge. Not necessarily from the world they were coming from, which was more of a jazz world. I was of the view that it all came from blues anyway.” Clapton’s next studio album Old Sock will be out March 12.

 

JAGGER DOES NOT RULE OUT PLAYING HISTORIC UK FESTIVAL

The always business savvy Mick Jagger remained coy in an interview with UK music magazine NME when he was asked if the Rolling Stones would headline the legendary Glastonbury festival. Jagger replied, “There are other things in the world, you know, apart from Glastonbury. But then again, Glastonbury is very important. It seems to be very important to my children – highlight of the year!” Later, Jagger dropped another big hint that the band might play Glastonbury when he said, “But is it going to be rainy on the Sunday? Isn’t it nearly always rainy on the Sunday?”

 

KISS LOOKS BACK ON FOUR DECADES OF DECIBELS

Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons recently took a stroll down memory lane, recalling the earliest days of the band in New York City. He recalls, “I made a phone call, cold, to a place called Popcorn in Queens, New York. We got the gig: three nights, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, for the sum of $150. That was the beginning.” He says the very first gig happened on January 30, 1973 in front of less than 10 people.

 

EX-CRUE SINGER CORABI SAYS FRIENDSHIP IS OVER

Former Motley Crue frontman John Corabi says he’s at the end of his rope I his years-long attempt to maintain a friendship with his ex-bandmates. In an interview with The Great Southern Brain Fart, the singer said, “I hung out with those guys every day for five years and I haven’t seen them more than five times in the last 15 years. I thought those guys were my friends and that’s what I miss. I was bummed out over the loss of our brotherhood than anything. I’m not reaching out to those guys anymore.” Corabi sang with Motley Crue from 1992-1997.

 

FORTHCOMING FOGERTY ALBUM PUTS NEW SPIN ON OLD FAVES

Don’t call John Fogerty’s upcoming studio album Wrote a Song for Everyone nothing more than a nostalgic look back at one of rock’s richest catalogs. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman does rework many of his biggest hits, but legendary mixing engineer Bob Clearmountain told Rolling Stone, “It’s no nostalgia fest. It’s like they’re new songs.” Wrote a Song for Everyone is scheduled to be released sometime this fall.

 

VAUGHAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER SUFFERING HEART ATTACK

Four-time Grammy winning guitarist Jimmy Vaughan is recovering in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. The founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds was scheduled to perform at the Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai, India, but the following message from organizers of the event helped alert fans and media about Vaughan’s condition: “Jimmy Vaughan was admitted to Pomona Hospital Medical Center on January 23, 2013 with an acute myocardial infraction (sic). He had a coronary angioplasty and stent placement. He is still in the hospital but recovering and has been advised by his cardiologist to rest at home for a month.”

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